Cayman U15s shatter St Maarten defence

| 14/08/2013

(CNS) Updated with full first day results: The Cayman Under-15 national squad kicked off their part in the CONCACAF Tournament on Tuesday evening with an impressive 12-0 victory over St Maarten in the Group A match at the Truman Bodden Stadium. Despite the deluge of rain, the teen players never let up as they lapped up the home support and put goal after goal through the St Marteen defence. Several hundred people came out to see the team’s opening game and the young players didn’t disappoint. With a dozen goals in the back of the St. Maarten net, Cayman had the best of the opening games Tuesday and Leighton Thomas Jr was the well deserved Man of the Match with five goals, including one in the first minute.

Earlier in the evening at the same venu, Jamaica had beaten Grenada 4-0, while in the afternoon Bermuda also notched up a good score card with an 8-0 victory over the US Virgin Islands. Over in West Bay at the Ed Bush stadium, Belize beat St Lucia 1-0 and Aruba got the better of the Bahamas with a 4-0 victory.

On the first day of the tournament an amazing 29 goals were scored in five matches, 24 of which were in Group A, half of which were scored by the host team's historic opening match.

The inaugural tournament is an initiative of Caymanian and CONCACAF President Jeff Webb, who has said that there is a need for a concentrated effort to support and grow football at the youth level. The Under-15 Championship, which will be held every two years, is expected to strengthen the love of the game among young players and foster a commitment to the sport that will grow along with them.

“It is important for coaches and players to have competitions for development,” Webb said at the start of the football tournament. “This tournament was conceived to intensify our grassroots efforts while helpingto identify and develop talent that will eventually create our future stars.”

The Cayman Islands plays its next match on Thursday against the US Virgin Islands. Kick-off is 7:30pm.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Are there any other tiny micro-states without a soccer tradition that Cayman can play?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great job Team Cayman, and the Coaches, but do not get complacent with such a fantastic win. The next teams may be a lot tougher to beat. Stay focused and continue to play as a team.


    Play safe and give it your all, stay disciplined.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Excellent results! Proud of you Cayman team! Keep pressing forward! 🙂

  4. Footie fan says:

    Those boys were incredible!I enjoyed every bit of the game. I wish them the best of luck with the other matches and hope they continue to play as well as they did last night. They are the next generation of football stars and they seem very, very, promising. 

  5. Anonymous says:

    Never expected any less! Go Cayman!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Way to go Cayman!

  7. KIng James version says:

    Congratulations Team Cayman.  Cantinue to play "together" and favorable results will be yours.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of the Queen's English sobbing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well Done!  That kind of result is very promising for movement on to the next round!!!! 

  9. Anonymous says:

    Cayman did a great job tonight. Well done boys! Jeff Webb is really pushing for our programs here in Cayman to go to another level. It would be nice to see these types of events happen more often and for other sports in Cayman to get the same type to support and opportunities.